Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: UP-162
Corporate Name: Foreman & Brother
Local Name:
Owner Name: Foreman & Brother. Forman & Co.
Location: U. S. 80 and the Missouri Pacific at Big Sandy
County: Upshur
Years in Operation: 15 years
Start Year: 1885
End Year: 1899
Decades: 1890-1899
Period of Operation: 1880s to 1890s
Town: Big Sandy
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 423 in 1905
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 50000: 1893
Capacity Comments: 50,000 feet daily in 1893
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & Pacific (Missouri Pacific)
Historicial Development: Foreman & Brother were reported to be cutting 50,000 feet daily at Big Sandy in 1893. County records reveal that Foreman & Brother was the operation of John M. Forman, who operated before 1893 Forman & Co. One example from 1892 is a deed from the Fyffe family, who sold to Forman all the sawtimber on the waters of the Big Sandy in the Smith survey.
Research Date: MCJ 05-03-96
Prepared By: M Johnson